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2 Americans arrested in Bali under suicide watch
BALI, Indonesia (AP) -- An American couple arrested on suspicion of murdering the woman's mother and stuffing her body into a suitcase in Indonesia are being held under a suicide watch, a lawyer said Wednesday.... 8/20/2014 12:58 PM

Militants attack major air base in eastern Syria
BEIRUT (AP) -- Islamic extremists fired rockets and tank shells Wednesday at a major air base in northeastern Syria, kicking off a long-anticipated offensive to seize the last position held by the Syrian government in a province that is a stronghold of the Islamic State group, activists said.... 8/20/2014 12:53 PM

Israel, Gaza militants trade fire after talks fail
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -- Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier.... 8/20/2014 12:51 PM

Ukrainian govt troops take over much of Luhansk
DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) -- After days of street battles and weeks of shelling, Ukrainian troops made significant gains Wednesday into rebel-held territory, capturing a large part of the city of Luhansk and nearly encircling Donetsk, the largest rebel-held city, in fighting that left at least 52 dead.... 8/20/2014 12:38 PM

US warns that Venezuela is losing airline access
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) -- Come to Venezuela and you might get a longer trip than you bargained for. That's what the U.S. government is warning.... 8/20/2014 12:31 PM

AP PHOTOS: Peruvian nurse cares for 175 sick cats
LIMA, Peru (AP) -- At her job, Maria Torero cares for sick human beings. At home, she lavishes love on slowly dying cats - 175 of them at last count.... 8/20/2014 12:26 PM

Afghanistan orders NYT reporter to leave country
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) -- Afghanistan ordered a New York Times journalist Wednesday to leave the country in 24 hours and barred him from returning over a story he wrote saying that a group of officials were considering seizing power because of the impasse over who won its recent presidential election, the attorney general's office said in a statement.... 8/20/2014 12:25 PM

Tourists evacuated amid Iceland volcano concerns
LONDON (AP) -- Authorities have evacuated tourists from an area north of Iceland's largest glacier amid increased seismic activity around a volcano in the past few days.... 8/20/2014 12:22 PM

Global cruise lines set sail for China
HONG KONG (AP) -- Royal Caribbean's newest ship has attractions not usually seen on cruise liners, including bumper cars, a skydiving simulator and a glass observation capsule on a mechanical arm that lifts its passengers high into the air.... 8/20/2014 12:18 PM

UAE ruler approves sweeping counter-terrorism law
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) -- The ruler of the United Arab Emirates has approved a sweeping new counter-terrorism law that strengthens existing laws against money laundering, while also expanding penalties to include the death penalty, life imprisonment and fines of up to $27 million.... 8/20/2014 12:17 PM

Pakistan's army chief wants mass protests settled
ISLAMABAD (AP) -- Officials in Pakistan say the country's powerful army chief has asked the government to hold negotiations with protesters to settle a mass demonstration outside parliament.... 8/20/2014 12:08 PM

Clashes in Liberia slum sealed off to halt Ebola
MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) -- Hundreds of residents of a seaside slum in Liberia's capital clashed with security forces Wednesday to protest an armed blockade of the peninsula that is their neighborhood as part of the government's desperate efforts to stop the spread of the deadly Ebola virus.... 8/20/2014 12:07 PM

Pope: Thanks for prayers for my family's grief
VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Francis expressed thanks on Wednesday for the prayers and condolences he has received following the death of his nephew's wife and their two young boys in a car crash in the pontiff's native Argentina.... 8/20/2014 11:58 AM

Dutch museum to hold Crimean gold
AMSTERDAM (AP) -- A Dutch historical museum that borrowed some of Crimea's most valuable historical treasures says it plans to hold onto them for the time being, due to fear of being sued if it returns them to Ukraine or Russia.... 8/20/2014 11:55 AM

German govt backs authors in spat with Amazon
BERLIN (AP) -- Germany's top culture official has voiced support for hundreds of authors who claim they're being discriminated against by online retailer Amazon amid negotiations with their publisher.... 8/20/2014 11:43 AM

Zimbabwe economy takes another dive
HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) -- It is 4 a.m. and people are already lining up outside Zimbabwe's main passport office - four hours ahead of opening time - in hopes of securing a passport that will allow them to escape their country's dearth of opportunities and search for work abroad.... 8/20/2014 11:41 AM

South Africa: Soap opera cast is fired
JOHANNESBURG (AP) -- "Generations," a hugely popular soap opera in South Africa, first aired in 1993, a year before the nation's first all-race elections ended apartheid. Now the future of this television staple followed by millions is up in the air.... 8/20/2014 11:31 AM

Pakistani envoy defends meeting Kashmiri leaders
NEW DELHI (AP) -- Pakistan's ambassador to India defended his recent talks with Kashmiri separatists on Wednesday, saying that including them in a dialogue is the only way to find a lasting peace between the South Asian rivals.... 8/20/2014 11:09 AM

Egypt says rolling blackouts to end in 4 months
CAIRO (AP) -- Egyptian officials promised Wednesday to end rolling power blackouts that have plagued the country within four months, blaming the outages on a fuel shortage, hot weather and poor maintenance of power plants.... 8/20/2014 10:48 AM

Merkel Ukraine role mirrors rising German ambition
BERLIN (AP) -- Chancellor Angela Merkel's emergence as a leader in efforts to resolve Ukraine's crisis - showcased by a visit to Kiev this weekend - underlines Germany's increasing ambition to transform itself from economic power to diplomatic heavyweight.... 8/20/2014 10:43 AM